How did you feel when you first left home to go pursue your goals and dreams in another country?
Did you feel excited, (finally) independent, and liberated? Did you feel anxious, distressed, or lonely? If you’re feeling all these and more — YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
When I moved to Australia about a year ago, I couldn’t put a name into everything I’m feeling. On one hand, I’m excitedly thinking “OMG I’M FINALLY DOING THIS!”. But on the other hand, I’m frantically doubting, “OMG I’M REALLY DOING THIS?”
It was all a rollercoaster of emotions. Not to mention the sudden…
Just like that, we’re more than halfway through the year. And even if this year hasn’t been going just as any of us hoped for and planned for (or even imagined), it’s healthy for us to take time to reflect on how the past months have been. From our victories and falls to our heartbreaks and healing, it’s important to pause and appreciate how far we’ve come.
More than that, we need to acknowledge that we’re still on this journey. …
Self-care is important.
It is not about being selfish or self-centered or narcissistic.
It is not about being picky and overly selective.
It is not about putting yourself on a pedestal and thinking you’re above others.
Self-care is healthy.
It is knowing when to say YES and when to say NO.
It is understanding that you have boundaries and that you get to have the final say on matters about you.
It is paying attention to the tiny details within you and respecting your limits.
It is attentively listening to your self — your mind, body, heart, and soul and all that they…
Go out and find inspiration in your own life. In your day-to-day life.
There’s no need to feel pressured about creating something you think people will read or watch or listen to, something you think they will like or share or talk about.
Stick to what is real and right for you.
Focus on what truly matters to you, on what you genuinely care for, on what you’re passionate about.
Share about the things that get you upbeat and excited that you’re eager to tell others about it.
Talk about the good, the bad, and the in-betweens. The lovely and the messy parts. The beauty…
Appreciate the in-betweens.
The moments when you feel stuck and you can’t move forward.
The days when nothing seems to go the right way, the right direction.
The hopeful anticipation, like a passenger on a layover awaiting the next flight out.
The wait, the going around in circles like plans in a holding pattern.
The long bus rides and unending walks.
The perpetual queues for coffee and lines for movies.
Take pride in the time of hoping and wishing and wondering what could be.
Be grateful for the middle grounds, the place where you finally realize that the journey is better…
When I first asked my Mom about how she knew my Dad was the one for her, she answered, “I don’t know, I just knew.” “But how would you know if someone is your one true love?”, I asked again. Mom answered, “When it’s the right time, you’ll just know.”
“You’ll just know.”
Growing up, that’s the most common answer I get from people when talking about finding love at first sight, meeting soulmates, or finally realizing their partner is their true love. …
I write about anything and everything — what I think, what I love, and what I care for. On a mission to let you know that you’re not alone. ❤